Stunning Winners of The Nature Conservancy 2018 Global Photo Contest

Grand Prize Winner The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Stallions Playing' by Camille Briottet (France). Grand Prize. “The power of the animal kingdom.”

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. And with its 2018 Global Photo Contest, the organization shows the powerful artistry of nature photography. For this year's contest, a record-breaking 57,489 entries were received from 135 countries. Photographers were asked to submit their best work to five different categories—Landscape, Water, People & Nature, Wildlife, and Cities & Nature.

The grand prize went to French photographer Camille Briottet for her stunning image of two stallions frolicking in the marshlands of Camargue. The incredible action shot highlights the joy and beauty of these animals left to roam free. In contrast, American photographer Andre Mercier took home second prize for an ominous image that is a startling reminder of what we're losing. Taken in Iceland, The End is Near shows a piece of ice floating in the mist. Soon to melt away, it was once part of a larger glacier.

“The quality of entries this year is stunning. It was very difficult to select the winner,” said Bill Marr, director of photography for The Nature Conservancy and one of the contest's judges. “TNC’s Photo Contest is a wonderful intersection for those who love nature and those who love photography. We have wonderful entries from all over the world, from beautiful Western landscapes to squirrels in a backyard in Austria. Photography is a common language for all.”

Briottet was awarded a digital camera package and a $2,000 gift certificate to contest sponsor Backcountry. Check out more of the winners across all categories and marvel at the incredible diversity of nature.

Winning images from The Nature Conservancy 2018 Global Photo Contest were selected among almost 60,000 entries from over 100 countries.

The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘The End if Near' by Andre Mercier (USA). Second place. “This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea.”

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‘Serenity' by Jeremy Stevens (USA). Water. “Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.”

People in Nature Photo by Tanner Latham

‘Slender Slots' by Tanner Latham (USA). People & Nature. “Squeezing through one of the incredibly narrow slot canyons in Escalante National Monument. Taken on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah.”

The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Frog Hug' by Terra Fondriest (USA). Third place. “Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs, and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.”

Red Fox Photo for The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Watching You Watching Me' by Megan Lorenz (Canada). Wildlife. “Red Fox in Bonavista in Newfoundland.”

The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Her Majesty' by Aristo Risi (Australia). Water. “A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean. Shot in Shellharbour in 2017. Plastic was once worshiped, now it destroys everything we love. Nature connects us all, we have a duty to protect her.”

The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Reclamation' by Jesse Yang (USA). Cities & Nature. “The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.' It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.”

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‘O Caçador (The Hunter)' by Roberto Moccini Formiga (Brazil). Wildlife. “A large white shark hunts in the waters of Guadalupe
Island, Mexico.”

Lion Rock Hong Kong

‘My Home My City' by Kwok Kui Andus Tse (China). Cities & Nature. “Lion Rock is a symbol of Hong Kong, including me, many Hong Kong people are also growing under the mountain, it also represents the spirit of Hong Kong people.”

The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Namibian Curves' by Paul Zizka (Canada). Landscape. “We were on our Chronicles of Namibia workshop, wrapping up a wonderful evening of shooting in the Sossusvlei area. On the drive back to camp, this most simple composition caught my eye. I couldn't resist and stopped the group to get this shot.”

Nature Photography Contest

‘Lava Explosion' by Elyse Butler (USA). Judges' Special Recognition. “On the Kīlauea Lava Flow in Kalapana, lava hits the ocean creating an explosion of molten basalt rocks and acidic steam plumes skyward. When hot lava vaporizes cool sea water it blasts lava rock fragments every direction and creates a billowing cloud of laze ‘lava haze’ made up of a mixture of acidic seawater steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.”

Volcano Photo for The Nature Conservancy 2018 Photo Contest

‘Energía Pura y Fuego (Pure Energy and Fire)' by Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes (Mexico). Landscape. “Colima volcano erupting during the night showing its strength, was taken in the Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima, volcanic eruptions in small quantities help reduce global warming.”

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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